Consultant Ecologist

Applied Ecology Ltd

£19,000 - £26,500 pa (pro rata for part-time working)

Paid • Full or Part Time • Fixed Term Contract [email protected] 0141 585 6378 Rachel Hirst

Reference: 2021-01

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Friday, 23rd April 2021   4 days left

Are you an early-career ecologist with a real flair and passion for natural history?  Are you looking for the next step in your consultancy career?  We are a small, friendly ecological consultancy based in Glasgow and we are seeking a Consultant Ecologist to support our Senior and Principal Ecologists in the delivery of a diversity of project work across Scotland.  

This will be an excellent opportunity for a dedicated, hard-working and motivated ecological graduate who is open to new challenges and who wants to increase their knowledge and skills sets. You are likely to have a couple of years of consultancy experience under your belt, and be ready to move on to the next stage of independent project execution with greater fieldwork and reporting responsibilities. You will need to have high quality natural history skills and be accustomed to flexible/unsociable working hours, be approachable, organised and logical, with a pragmatic and mature attitude to work. Experience of remote/independent working is required (including with respect to fieldwork).

The role is expected to be full time, and a fixed term appointment (FTA) of 6 months in the first instance, but may be extended for the right applicant. However, we are also happy to discuss flexible working arrangements such as part time working, if this would suit applicants for the role better.  Applicants with demonstrated competency in bats, botany or ECoW will be at an advantage.

Key tasks

The role will primarily involve:

  • unassisted completion of small preliminary ecological appraisals and habitat surveys (Scottish EUNIS; Phase 1) in a range of environments, using at least a capable[1] level of plant ID and faunal appraisal skills, with recourse to and support from more experienced staff;
  • completion of more detailed faunal/habitat surveys where these fall within a capable level of competency, offering at least one taxonomic group at a capable level;
  • assisting more experienced staff on more detailed faunal/habitat surveys where only a basic level of competency can be proven, with a commitment to increasing competency over time where relevant;
  • processing of ecological field data (e.g., digitising, sound analysis etc.) where relevant;
  • producing, under guidance, well-written reports for checking by more senior staff;
  • assisting with the drafting of Ecological Impact Assessments, including consideration of mitigation and enhancement options;
  • organising own workloads to deliver project work on time and within budget;
  • managing certain aspects of projects as designated by the project manager;
  • accompanying more senior staff to meetings;
  • assisting with the preparation of tender documents.

[1] The terms basic, capable, accomplished and authoritative are used in accordance with the definitions within the CIEEM Competency Framework. More information about this can be found here.

Please use the links to download the job description and instructions regarding how to apply, and our competency-based application form.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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